I think last night I reached the point where I have turned the corner on Mass Effect Andromeda. By that I mean I think I have finally gotten used to the animations just enough to stop seeing them anymore. I mean I still see them… but they just don’t really bother me anymore because I am not invested enough in the characters and the story to stop caring. I’ve talked about why Mass Effect 2 was my favorite in the series, and how it allowed me to go on smaller away missions and largely avoid really moving the story forward when I did’t want to. Andromeda gives me this in droves, and I spent most of the night last night working on minor story threads. I tracked down a Saboteur, determined the guilt or innocence of a Turian on trial for the first murder on the station, and helped determine if an official was “on the take”. I like roaming around planetside and exploring, and I absolutely love the way the Nomad vehicle feels. I was never really a huge fan of the hammerhead or the mako, but this time they seemed to flip all of the switches in the right direction and give me a vehicle that I actually want to use.
When I play Mass Effect I almost exclusively use Assault Rifles and always have. Traditionally I just stick to the M-8 Avenger until I get something grossly overpowered later in the game. However I have already found something I like using better. The M-37 Falcon I is something that I am not really sure how it can be classified as an Assault Rifle. In truth it is a grenade launcher… and my god does it pack a punch. So long as my aim is true, I can largely one shot all smaller “trash” enemies and two or three shot the bigger shielded ones. The only issue however is that it has a very small magazine (which is going to annoy the shit out of Squirrel that they call a clip… its a thing of his) and has a pretty hefty wait time between shots. All of this is something that I can forgive given just how hard it its and how cool it sounds when you fire it. I ended up picking this up on the Nexus in pre-colonization state and I am absolutely loving it. Another thing that I am digging about the game is how you can find deployment pylons scattered around the map that let you change weapons and crew members planet side. I did not actually use this weapon for a bit, because I was not certain I would like it… and had no clue I could use the pylons if I changed my mind.
I have a freaking pet Pyjack on the ship. That in itself is enough to make me love the game, and it roams freely which is awesome… because I was partially afraid it would end up in a cage in my quarters. Speaking of roaming… I both love and hate the fact that the crew roams keeps moving around the ship. One of the hallmarks of Mass Effect is the need to constantly keep checking in on your crew because they tell you story tidbits, or just have commentary about what you just did. So each time I land back on the ship I have a habit of wanting to go around and check in on everyone to see if there are any new story options. The fact that the crew roams aimlessly through the ship makes it extremely challenging to mentally make sure you have actually found everyone. As far as crew members go… I honestly thought I would be annoyed by Peebee but have ended up loving her. Similarly I was not sure what I would think of Cora but also similarly really like the character… and she has become one of my go to fighters for missions. Vetra is awesome and I have only recently started taking her planet side (largely because I could not figure out how to drop Liam early on). I like Drak as a character but have not really done much with him. So far the only crew member that I have zero interest in is Liam. He is a poor replacement for Garrus and will never be my best friend… no matter how much the game really wants him to be. As far as the other crew members… they all seem way more hollow than the previous generation. I actually liked going and talking to Joker or listening to Donnelly and Daniels banter back and forth. As it stands now I just don’t care at all about Gil, Suvi, or Kallo. That said however I do go talk to Dr Lexi at every opportunity because she is freaking awesome. In any case… I feel like I have gotten acclimatized to the game and can now enjoy it properly.